I’ve just come home from work to find messages and blogs stating that Ancestry.com has removed their “Internet Biographical Collection” which cached the work of other genealogists without permission or credit.
Ancestry clearly underestimated the reaction of the genealogy community when they created this blunder. Their announcement says that the database is removed “for the time being.”
One lesson I hope Ancestry comes away with is that they need to collaborate with this community–they can’t just rub roughshod over the community without paying a price.
I’ve been talking with some of my academic and practicing colleagues and next week, we’ll present a series on the legal issues involved here.
August 30, 2007 Thursday at 2:33 am